reverse engineer


reverse engineer

verb

: to study the parts of (something) to see how it was made and how it works so that you can make something that is like it

Full Definition of REVERSE ENGINEER

transitive verb
:  to disassemble and examine or analyze in detail (as a product or device) to discover the concepts involved in manufacture usually in order to produce something similar
reverse engineering noun

Examples of REVERSE ENGINEER

  1. They reverse engineered the software.

First Known Use of REVERSE ENGINEER

1973

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